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MLB Home Run Derby 19 | Review

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MLB Home Run Derby 19

MLB Home Run Derby 19 is an improperly created freemium game. Instead of creating a game where in-app purchases fuel development, it seems too often that it doesn't hurt to pay up. Three going into the main Derby mode is simply not enough when it takes so long for another ticket to appear to play again. Fortunately, the Arcade mode is not so restricted and it's a lot of fun to play on its own.

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MLB Home Run Derby 19
  • MLB Home Run Derby 19

MLB released a new game, MLB Home Run Derby, ahead of the All-Star game in New York in July. I love baseball, despite being Indian, so I had to look at it as soon as I saw it. It is a free download and is based on one of the fun-to-watch highlights of the All-Star weekend, the Home Run Derby, alone. So, for the baseball fan, a great casual game? We’re going to find out.

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There’s really good graphics. In the main MLB At Bat application, it looks very similar to the gameday view. There’s only one stadium to play in, and it looks fantastic, Citi Field the host for the All-Star game, said.

You only have to worry about one thing with this being the Home Run Derby, hitting it out of the park. There are two different methods of power, drag, and release to aim and swing, or target with your left hand and press to swing with your right.

The Modes

There are two different game modes in Home Run Derby, Arcade and Derby. Arcade mode can be played as many times as you like and is performed against a time limit of one minute. You’ve got a range of goals around the field to try to maximize your score, and the more you drive the ball the more points you get. It’s easy. Points are rewards in the form of coins that can be used in the game to buy other items.

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Derby follows the course of the real thing, so you’re done with 10 outs. There’s no time limit, you’re always moving on until you’re out of chances. To qualify, to get to the final, you need to advance through two rounds.

Whether it’s your real money or your in-game currency, too much emphasis is placed on buying things to advance and potentially getting more out of the game. You should be happy enough to snuggle away in arcade mode, but it’s sad that the Freemium model feels a fun little game that holds back.

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Also more troubling is that the store listing says it’s “only available free for a limited time”. If you think you might want this, I highly recommend downloading it while it’s free right now. I guess I would have a hard time recommending this as a paid download. If the purchases in the app were overhauled, it might be another story.

Pros

  • Amazing Graphics
  • Easy, simple and intuitive controls
  • Real players, rules, and stadium

Cons

  • Too much focus on in-app purchases weakens the experience
  • Glitches occasionally in which match menus remain visible
  • Evident time limit on free download taking into account the level of in-app purchases

Final Words

MLB Home Run Derby 19 is an improperly created freemium game. Instead of creating a game where in-app purchases fuel development, it seems too often that it doesn’t hurt to pay up. Three going into the main Derby mode is simply not enough when it takes so long for another ticket to appear to play again. Fortunately, the Arcade mode is not so restricted and it’s a lot of fun to play on its own.